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>> the rain is gone but its impact is still being felt. >> a sinkhole that's a road hazard as well as a health and safety issue as well and it's big. cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington tells us about the clean-up and how long it might take to get it all fixed. >> reporter: blame the weather for the sinkhole but this is definitely not what the people who live in this neighborhood want to see out of their window. a 20-foot sinkhole that goes over two lanes of traffic. this morning we have seen trucks with pg&e with the city and sanitation crews on the scene with a long day of clean- up. now, nobody was hurt but this is causing some problems for the people here. water was turned off to repair the lines last night. this happened because of the storms we had. heavy rains overflowed a creek which eroded the ground causing it to suddenly fall. this morning roads are closed but detours are in place. but if you come back live to us
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one more look at that sinkhole, it is going to take quite a while to come up with a solution. they need to come up with a permanent plan and at this point the road is going to have to be replaced. in lafayette, elissa harrington, cbs 5. >> thank you. another sinkhole opened up yesterday. this one in the santa cruz mountains on vine hill road near the summit and highway 17. it's big as well one entire lane is gone and the remainder of the road is in jeopardy because there's nothing underneath supporting the pavement now. it's not clear how long that road will stay closed. one north bay school is closed today because of damage from the storm. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in fairfax where crews will be clearing out flooding. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, there will be no school for white hill middle school students today. you can take a look at this video we shot earlier this morning. this weekend's stormy weather prompted school leaders to make this decision last night.
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according to the san anselmo patch, a letter was sent to parents that stated that white hill middle school had significant flooding in some classes including parts of the library. the principal said the staff needed time to clean up and relocate the classes. there is no word -- [ signal breakup ] classes tomorrow, as well. but parents were told to check the school's closure hotline later this afternoon. that number we have here up on your screen: (415)721-4751. now, in that letter the principal says he is hopeful that school can reopen by tuesday again but they are going to have to assess the damage from the weekend storm today. live in fairfax, cate caugiran, cbs 5. it's not just the heavy rain. powerful winds also caused some problems. this broken power pole in san francisco's sunset district left 8500 people without electricity. it was just one of several incidents where trees or power poles brought down electrical lines. several cities are still
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without power. more than 650 in the north bay, more than 600 in the east bay and around 600 in the south bay. sonoma county has the largest outage with 3,000 still in the dark. three firefighters are recovering after a major crash. the accident happened on highway 24 in orinda during yesterday morning's storm. the firefighters were helping victims of another crash when an suv clipped their truck and slammed into them. they are all in stable condition. rain opened a large pothole on westbound 4 in pittsburg. it's blamed for flattening the tires of about two dozen cars yesterday. crews shut down the lane while they made emergency repairs and it's now open again. 6:04. flood warnings for the napa river were canceled. some residents prepared for the worst though emptying sandbags around their properties. heavy rainstorms of course brought the water level within three feet of going over its banks. but it did not crest. this was the russian river in guerneville over the weekend.
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flood warnings were also canceled there. the river crested at 16 feet about an hour ago. the highest recorded flood in guerneville occurred in 1986 when that river reached a monstrous number of feet, 49 feet. that must have been something. and the flood threat for the truckee river in california, nevada, is over, as well. the storm turned out to be colder than expected turning a lot of the rain to snow and dropping snow levels down to 7,000 feet. truckee river is now expected to crest below flood stage. the good news is i think we are getting a break from all this weather. >> yeah. no rain today. we are going to get some showers during the week but nothing like over the weekend. >> no. i mean, those were amazing totals we saw from the storms, almost 16" in some of the mountains around the bay area. you can see why all the rivers are full. but the good news is they are going to stay within their banks. right now a much-needed break outside. still a lot of clouds out there. it's chilly in spots, too, down to 39 degrees right now in santa rosa. 45 in san jose.
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49 in san francisco and 42 degrees in concord. here's the storm sweeping through yesterday. what a storm it was. some of the gusts there 50 and 60 miles per hour. not to mention all that rain. but now high pressure building in behind the system means we are going to dry things out at least for a day. passing clouds overhead and a mix of sun and clouds of sunshine. the temperatures not too bad. mid-60s into san jose, 46 in livermore, 46 in san francisco and about 63 degrees in santa rosa. there's another storm bearing down on the bay area. if you want to check it out, go to our website at cbssf.com/weather. you can check out our high-def doppler radar. you can see the rain falling in your neighborhood and we have more of that come our way, gianna. >> i'm not looking forward to that, lawrence. all right. let's head over to the bay bridge toll plaza where you can see traffic is starting to get busy this morning. no metering lights just yet but traffic is slow as you work your way towards the pay gates ther in the cash lanes. fastrak okay towards the toll plaza. no problems on the upper deck
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into san francisco. in san francisco we have reports of trouble on northbound one at third. an accident that vehicle hit the guardrail blocking the right lane on northbound 101 at 3rd. traffic is building on the northbound side of 101. now, if you are heading on the westbound side of 80 eastshore freeway commute not showing too many problems. traffic still moving okay as you hid towards the bay bridge. 880 an easy ride northbound. more cars on the southbound side of 880 mostly in hayward if you are connecting over to the san mateo bridge. you might see some slight delays on the connector roads. great highway closed as well for storm clean-up. that's in effect between sloat boulevard and lincoln way. no word yet on when that lane or those lanes should reopen. again we'll keep you posted but again completely shut down in both directions. that's traffic. back to you guys. >> thank you. new this morning, two chp officers were injured after their patrol cruiser rolled during a chase in livermore. it happened just before 4 a.m. on eastbound 580 between greenville and north flynn
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roads. officer was chasing the speeding car when the patrol car flipped. the driver sped away. other officers caught up with that car in tracy and pulled it over. two officers in the flipped car are taken to the hospital with just minor injuries. also this morning, a police chase in campbell ended with a car nearly crashing into a home there. this is on central avenue. police say they tried to stop the car for a traffic violation. the driver took off crashing into a fence next to the house. the driver got out and took off. he was later caught. police say the car involved was stolen. and take a look at this. a chase all the way from san jose to oakland. hot pursuit there. chp officers began pursuing that car because they didn't have any headlights. at times they reached speeds of 90 miles per hour. they finally used a spike strip to get the car to stop. that driver was arrested without further incident. chp says he will be charged with recklessly evading police officers. one of the safest big
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cities in america has hit a homicide milestone. on friday, san jose police responded to the city's 43rd killing of the year. a 17-year-old boy was gunned down in a neighborhood. last year the city saw 41 homicides. later this morning, a teenager from vallejo will be arraigned on charges of at the same time murder, kidnapping -- attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. police say the 14-year-old abducted a 65-year-old woman at gunpoint from a shopping center parking lot last month. they say he forced her to drive several miles before sexually assaulting and beating her. police believe it was a random act. former bart police officer johannes mehserle is expected back in court this morning trying to get his conviction overturned into the 2009 shooting death of oscar grant an unarmed man who had been detained by police. mehserle already served his two- year prison term for involuntary manslaughter but wants to clear his name. lawyers for grant's family will argue against overturning the
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conviction. it could be as soon as this morning when the u.s. supreme court announces whether it will take on same-sex marriage cases. one is an appeal from supporters of prop 8, california's voter-approved measure that limits marriage to male and female couples. it was previously struck down by a u.s. appeals court. some challenges to the federal defense of marriage act are also being considered. and newly elected members of the state legislature will all be sworn in today in sacramento. the assembly will go first with a ceremony at noon. that is followed by the state senate at 3:30. both houses of course reshaped by last month's election as voters gave democrats two- thirds of majority that allowed them to raise taxes if they choose without any republican support. on capitol hill, there are just 29 days left for lawmakers to get together and find a way of avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff." if a budget plan is not approved by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across-
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the-board spending cuts will take effect. but democrats and republicans seem to keep digging in their heels speaking on the sunday news talk shows. >> the president and the white house have had three weeks and this is the best we've got? >> what we can't do is try to figure out what works for them. they have to tell us. >> if congress doesn't act, america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase. >> "fiscal cliff," are you tired of it? >> i know. we are tired of it. 6:10 now. a trip goes terribly wrong. how a california magician ended up in the hospital. >> the coast guard loses one of its own. how a smuggling investigation off the coast of santa barbara turned deadly. >> and we have a major recall to tell you about. the fire hazard involving two popular ford cars. we'll tell you about that and more when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,
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santa barbara county coast s turned deadly.. a small boat deployed by the coast a coast guard investigation into suspected smuggling off the santa barbara county coast has turned deadly. a small boat deployed by the coast guard was rammed by a smuggler's vessel around dawn. the crash threw two coast guard members into the water near the channel islands. one was killed, the other injured. contract talks between clerical workers of the ports of los angeles and long beach and shippers have resumed. today the strike enters its 7th day. clerical workers who have been without a contract now for two years walked out on the job last week bringing the ports of l.a. and long beach to a standstill. right now, ships are being diverted to the port of oakland up our way. the southern california ports are the busiest in the state taking in about $1 billion worth of goods every day. they have to get that settled. many north beach residents are not happy with muni's central subway decision.
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right now the $1.6 billion project is supposed to run from the south of market to stockton and washington streets. the plan would also require digging up a section of columbus avenue in north beach to extract equipment when the project is done. merchants and residents complain it will wreck the neighborhood and ruin business. a group of businesses has already filed a lawsuit over plans to dig the massive hole in north beach. stay tuned there. >> no kidding. 6:15. let's check the roads. >> gianna is in for liz today. good morning. >> good morning. we have a couple of things brewing on the roads. first of all, reports of an accident northbound 101 right at 3rd between candlestick and 3rd blocking one lane. that vehicle hit the guardrail. not seeing too many delays just yet. it's still early this morning. but again, if you are planning on taking 101 this morning, here's a live look at conditions. traffic flowing along. you might see some activity there on the right shoulder. 280 looks like a good alternate in the meantime if you want to
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use that instead. golden gate bridge an easy ride out of marin county. 13 to 14 minutes from san francisco. great highway is closed for storm clean-up both directions between minneapolis on time. bart, ace, muni, caltrain and your ferries all on time. nice ride this morning. no delays through san jose. 280 a nice ride so far, so good along guadalupe parkway, as well. no trouble spots there this morning. not the case if you are heading towards milpitas. westbound 237 look at that. seeing traffic stacked up in the area over to 880 this morning. 8 minutes to make the commute. we'll check the altamont pass next. here's lawrence with the
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forecast. >> kind of quiet on monday morning. very stormy weekend. we have some rough surf high winds and, of course, torrential rains. hi-def doppler showing it quiet and that's the way it will stay all day. that's really what we needed after all that rain. out the door chilly in spots. 39 in santa rosa. 50 san francisco. 45 in san jose. 42 degrees in concord. 16" of rain venado in the north bay. mount umunum 16" of rain. 8" of rain in santa rosa and almost 5" of rain i concord. a lot of rain in a short amount of time so the rivers are rising but they should start to recede. mostly cloudy start to the day with areas of fog inland. this afternoon, a mix of sun and clouds. then rain moves in tomorrow and tomorrow night. a brief break as high pressure moves in. you can see the next storm
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system off the coastline. bringing with it a chance of rain not as strong as storms we have just had. temperatures around the bay area, 60s in the afternoon. breezy at the beaches. inland not bad. 63 in the napa valley. drying out in the north bay 36 degrees there in santa rosa and 62 degrees in daly city. next couple of days, a break today and better part of the day tomorrow and clouds thicken up and rain developing late in the day overnight tuesday night into wednesday. looks like we dry out again on thursday and friday. that's a look at weather. back to you. >> thank you. the japanese government says 49 highway tunnels will be inpicked immediately in the wake of a deadly accident. investigators say missing bolts may have caused concrete ceiling slabs to fall on cars in a highway tunnel killing nine people. yesterday's accident happened deep inside a three-mile-long tunnel about 50 miles west of tokyo. we have got a warning on our next story the video may be
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disturbing for young children. a california magician suffered serious burns during a tv appearance in the dominican republic. here it is. cameras were rolling last week when the tv show host pours flammable cologne on the comedian. and that does burst into flames. it's not clear why the host doused hutchins with the liquid or what ignited it. much inis in the hospital. he says the host's actions were completely unexpected and he considers it a criminal act. he is still recovering. ford motor company recalling thousands of cars because of a fire hazard on two of their vehicles. ford says there have been reports of overheating and fires in the ecoboost engines and some of the 2013 models. so it's now recalling nearly 90,000 ford escapes and fusions. they are working to fix the problems and asking the owner to call a dealer as soon as possible to arrange for a free loaner vehicle. they will take care of the problem. 6:20. fighting to stop the slide. the raiders looking for a win
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at home against the browns. >> plus, reigniting the quarterback controversy. the 9ers fall to the rams so will alex smith get his spot back? ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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three weeks... but this time very impressive storm totals. that series of storms almost 16" in some the north bay and into the santa cruz mountains. almost 8" in santa rosa and almost 4" in san francisco. a brief break today. more on the way, though. >> we're starting to see lots of brake lights out there especially at the bay bridge toll plaza where the metering lights have just been turned on. you can see traffic backed up beyond 880 at this point. a complete look at traffic in just a few minutes. let's talk a little football now. >> let's do that. >> the 49ers and rams played into overtime for the second
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time in three weeks. but this time, there was a winne at the end. >> frank gore scored a touchdown in the 1st quarter. it was still 7-0 in the third when the rams got a safety and in the 4th quarter, there's your safety right there, threw it out of bounds but it didn't matter. then here we go. colin kaepernick way pitch and fumble and watch that ram defender and fall into the end zone. game ended in overtime 16-13, the rams win. raiders at home against cleveland trying to get back on track. down 13-3 in the 3rd quarter. raiders quarterback palmer connected with rod streiter there for a 46-yard score. but in the 4th quarter, the raiders drove into cleveland territory and palmer threw an interception. the browns made it 20-10 with 3.5 left. final score 20-17 browns and the raiders are now 3-9.
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>> did you that well. >> thanks. college bowls are in place and stanford number 8 in the nation will face wisconsin in the rose bowl on new year's day after the big win over ucla and 24th ranked san jose state knows its opponent in the military bowl. the spartans play bowling green in washington, d.c. on december 27. play of the day from golf. ricky fowler in his flaming orange pants will roll in a very impressive eagle here on his approach. this is the world challenge down in ventura county in southern california. you have to love. this roll back and boom, right in the cup. he finished in fourth place. mcdowell won. prop 8 in the spotlight. the supreme court decision this morning that could clear the way for gay marriage right here in california. >> plus the chp cruiser flipped during a pursuit. the injuries to the officers and how the chase finally
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ended. >> reporter: what caused a giant sinkhole to open up in one east bay neighborhood? i'll let you know and also show you how close this got to some homes. ,,,, when i take a picture of this check, it goes straight to the bank. oh. oh look the lion is out! no mommy no!
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it was pouring down! off and on, but when it wasn't pouring down, it was raining even harder. >> the storm is over. but days of rain leave lingering problems around the bay area. >> the cracks just turned into big pieces of asphalt. you know, going sliding down the hill. >> from giant sinkholes closing roads -- >> now because of perhaps aftermath of the rain, a power chance former has blown. >> -- to power outages and potholes. >> all of a sudden, i hear a
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loud thump. i came outside and i saw like 10 more cars all with flat tires. >> i think we're going over the cliff. >> as america edges closer to the "fiscal cliff" with though compromise in sight. >> if they are going to force higher rates on all americans, because they're unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2% of americans, then that's a choice we're going to have to make. >> i would say we're nowhere, period. we're nowhere! >> from across the bay to around the world... the stories that matter on "eyewitness news this morning." >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com good morning, everyone. it's monday, december 3. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 6:31 now. and the rain is over for now. but boy, what a mess to clean up now. >> no kidding! one of the biggest is a large sinkhole on mountain view drive in lafayette.
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cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington explains it's a road hazard as well as a health and safety issue. elissa? >> yeah, good morning. this is some of the most extreme storm damage we have seen. a 20-foot sinkhole that opened in the lafayette neighborhood that's right near the downtown. and look how close it got to some homes. it's practically in this house's front yard. now, this happened yesterday afternoon following some heavy rain. the storm overflowed a creek which then saturated the ground. that eroded the street and caused part of it to suddenly drop. nobody was hurt, but that sinkhole is just steps away from homes and it's caused some very big hazards. the sinkhole's blocking two lanes but also put pressure on a water main so some homes had their water cut off last night. at least one house was without gas. pg&e and city trucks as well as sanitation crews are on scene this morning for what's going to be a very long day of clean- up and back live, i want to show you a few things. over here, i want to show you this line. this is a sewage line. i spoke with a sanitation
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worker and told me that they have had to redirect the sewage while crews worked underground and, of course, other crews come out today and try and repair this street. now, a section of mountain view drive is closed this morning but detours are in place. in lafayette, elissa harrington, cbs 5. >> thank you. this morning, road crews will be assessing the damage from another sinkhole that opened up yesterday in the santa cruz mountains on vine hill road near the summit of highway 17. the dirt underneath vine hill gave way around noon. now one entire lane is gone. and the remainedder of the road remains in jeopardy because there's nothing underneath supporting the pavement. one resident says he lost several trees in the collapse as debris rolled downhill. >> you can see that the whole road has been undermined, and there was a lot of water flowing through and we have lost, you know, half the roads. >> long-time residents say they have never seen anything like
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it. it's not clear how long the road will stay closed. >> one north bay school is closed today because of all the damage from the storm. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in fairfax where crews will be clearing out all that flooded mess there. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frank. yeah, crews have a lot of work to do but white hill middle school students will get to sleep in a little extra today because there is no school for them. we shot some video of damage to the school earlier. you can take a look on your screen right now. school leaders told parents in an email last night there was a lot of flooding in some classrooms and office spaces also in parts of the library. the principal wrote that the staff will take today to clean up and they are going to decide how to relocate some classes. now, there is a number for parents to call for updates. it's the district's school closure hotline. you can see it there on your screen: i called the hotline. it said that the school will be
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closed today for flooding but that hotline also wanted parents to call later in afternoon to see if the school will be closed again on tuesday. however, the principal said he is hopeful that the school will reopen again tomorrow. reporting live in fairfax, cate caugiran, cbs 5. flood warnings for the napa river were canceled. some residents prepared for the worst emptying sandbags around their properties. heavy rainstorms brought the water level within three feet of going over its banks. and this is the russian river in guerneville over the weekend. the flood warnings here were also canceled but it's expected to rise to 29 feet by 8 a.m. that's just three feet below flood stage. the highest recorded flood in guerneville occurred back in 1986 when the river reached 49 feet. and three firefighters are recovering after a major crash. the accident happened on highway 24 in orinda during yesterday's morning storm. the firefighters were actually helping victims of another crash when an suv clipped the
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truck and slammed into them. they are all in stable condition now. and powerful winds caused other problems around the bay area. this broken power pole in san francisco's sunset district left 85 people without electricity yesterday. it was just one of several incidents where trees or power poles were brought down by the storm. power outages on this monday morning: more than 650 pg&e customers without power up in the north bay; 600 in the east bay; around 600 in the south bay. sonoma county has the largest outages with 3,000 still in the dark. and i think they got most of the rain, too. so that makes sense. >> just shows you we're no match for nature. >> someone else who had some damage was lawrence. >> i was collecting shingles around my yard and frosty the snowman. >> poor frosty. >> no longer to get up again. so very sad for my little girl. the worst is over. we'll catch a break as high
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pressure is sneaking in at least for a day. temperatures beginning to build in in the 40s right now into concord. we have 41 and chilly in santa rosa, some fog now in the napa valley. 45 degrees in san jose. 50 in san francisco. here's the storm that slid through yesterday bringing that very heavy rainfall and the strong gusty winds. behind that, you get the sense, high pressure is building in. we'll still see a few clouds over the top of the ridge but no rain for today. we should stay nice and dry. temperatures outside will be in the 60s by the afternoon as high as 65 in san jose, 64 degrees and breezy into san francisco and 61 in pacifica. but there's some more rain on the way and if you want to track some of that rain on our radar do that at our website at cbssf.com/weather. you can see all the very latest including your doppler radar right in your neighborhood. gianna? >> thank you, lawrence. well, today is a dry commute so that's the good news but things are busy. bay bridge toll plaza, metering lights on, slow almost back to
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the maze. busy ride as you head through there. on the upper deck traffic okay into san francisco. elsewhere, we're still clearing an accident northbound 101 at 3rd just before 3rd heading into san francisco. that's clearing out of the right lane. still a little sluggish approaching the scene. also slow and go is that westbound 580 commute. 30 minutes now westbound from the altamont pass to 680. 22 miles per hour in some spots. just a little bit better as you work your way near el charro not too bad on 680 south 680 seeing delays out of pleasanton. westbound 4 loaded up as well through antioch. clears a bit into pittsburg and no delays on the eastshore freeway. stop and go westbound 237 between 880 and 101. and brake lights northbound 101 through san jose, 280, all the way two 237. about 13 minutes. no delays on 280 or highway 87. that's a look at traffic. back to you guys. >> thank you. new this morning, a chp patrol car flips over during a high-speed chase in livermore. it happened just before 4:00
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this morning on eastbound 580 between greenville and north flynn roads. the officer was chasing a speeding car when the patrol car flipped. the driver sped away. other officers caught up to the car in tracy and then pulled it over. two officers in the flipped car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. a police chase in campbell early this morning ended with a car nearly crashing into a home. this is on central avenue. police say they tried to stop the car for a traffic violation when the driver just took off crashing into a fence next to the house. the driver got out and ran. he was later caught. police say the car involved was stolen. another car chase started in san jose ended up in oakland this morning. chp officers began pursuing that car right there because it didn't have any headlights. chp says at times they reach speeds of 90 miles per hour. a spike strip finally forced the car to stop. the drive was arrested at the scene. officers say he will be charged with recklessly evading police
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officers. four more fire stations in contra costa county could be closed. the county supervisors are considering plans now to shut down stations in walnut creek, clayton, martinez, and lafayette. it's to save money. the district was hoping for a tax hike but it failed to pass in november. closing the stations will save $3 million. time now 6:39. tweeting on the toilet? how social media is taking over the bathroom. >> okay... >> plus the dolphin bites an 8- year-old at seaworld. what her parents are saying about the attack caught on tape. >> the market just opened up about 10 minutes ago. let's check the numbers. so far not too bad. coming up, we'll get an update from kcbs moneywatch reporter jason brooks. not scheduled any wi
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california's prop 8..today instead.. it appears they'll discuss the cases again in r next we are following breaking news now. new word this morning. the u.s. supreme court will not hear appeals on california's prop 8 today. instead, it appears they will discuss the cases again in their next scheduled conference and that's scheduled for next friday. the announcement just came down from washington, d.c. five challenges to the federal defense of marriage act will also not be considered today. a local boy scout forced to leave his moraga troop because he is gay will be honored in sacramento this afternoon. 18-year-old ryan andresen will be recognized for his bravery by state assembly speaker john perez as the new legislative session opens today. 6:44 now. the newly elected members of the state legislature will all be sworn in today and they are all ready to get to work. >> the democrats plan to put their new supermajority power to out while they can and "san francisco examiner" columnist melissa griffin is here with the change they want to make to a long-standing law. first, good morning.
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>> reporter: good morning. thanks for having me. they are not wasting any time. the day they are getting sworn in, the state senator mark leno is proposing a constitution amendment that would make it easier for localities to put parcel taxes before voters so they can raise money for schools. a parcel tax is a flat rate say $10, $100, whatever it iser, per parcel unrelated to the value of a home. these could be put before the voters. if they get 66% of the vote, they go into law. mark leno's constitutional amendment would reduce that amount to 55%. what he propose is two-thirds of the vote to get on the ballot, once it's on the ballot then voters would have to endorse it. but that's what he is dag the first day on the job. >> but they are not even sworn in. and they are already flexing their muscle. why do they have to do it right away? what's the -- you know -- rush? >> reporter: for all the power of the supermajority, actually
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the assembly and senate democrats are only going to have the supermajority until about april. two members of the state senate have been elected to congress and two members of the assembly plan to run for their seats and there's a bunch of shuffling and special elections throughout the year in 2013. if the senate democrats and assembly democrats don't move before april, they are probably not going to have a supermajority again until january of 2014 when all the shuffling is settled so they only have a short window of time. this will give them an opportunity to smoke out moderate democrats who they need to work on so they can move forward with the more ambitious agenda in 2014 when they do have the full complement and they are going to have it for two years. >> do parcels taxes fail? >> they usually pass. so in this past election there were 25 parcel taxes proposed on the ballot. 15 of them passed. had this amendment been the law, 7 additional ones would have passed so about a one- third difference. the state senator mark leno's district san francisco always
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passes parcel taxes by huge majorities. he certainly isn't doing it for san francisco where we kind of love parcels tax and have never turned one down. so he is doing it a leader of the senate democrats. >> say it gets on the ballot, will they go for it? >> in 1990 voters made it easier for bonds to be issued for education and so it stands to reason there is an appetite among voters to increase their own taxes. >> thank you. find more on cbssf.com/mornings. fresh sign of a rebounded for chrysler and their anticipation that the latest report on u.s. manufacturing will be positive. here to talk about it, jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com on a monday. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. if chrysler is right about things, november will have been the best month for auto sales this year. chrysler says it sold 123,000 cars and trucks in the u.s. that was a 14% gain and its strongest november since 2007.
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chrysler also forecasting that industrywide sales in the u.s. of 15.3 million vehicles and that would be a million above the average that we saw through october. stock market focused on "fiscal cliff" talks as always, nothing new to report there except the stalemate over the weekend. and that will continue to drive the market going forward. manufacturing also a key today. we'll hear from the institute for slide management in a few minutes. an earlier report coming from markets purchasing managers index was positive and that was key after getting positive manufacturing reports out of china and europe with the market going in the right direction this morning. let's take a look at the numbers. the dow is up by 34 points. nasdaq gaining 12. s&p moving higher by 4 points. back to you guys. >> we'll take it. jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com, thank you. well, a new study says that when you got to go, social media apparently goes with you. [ laughter ] >> apparently so. >> people are tweeting on the toilet.
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according to some new data, nearly one-third of social media users ages 18 to 24 make social connections while in the bathroom. and the same goes for 28% of those 25 to 34 and 15% of 35 to 44-year-olds. both sexes are equally likely to do it in the bathroom. so if you want to borrow someone's phone -- [ laughter ] >> if they are over 50 maybe. otherwise, forget it. today is an anniversary that will please or annoy you. 20 years ago today neil pap worth sent the first-ever text message merry christmas and sent it to the cell phone or vodafone executive richard jarvis. it's done well since. >> i think so. >> it's picking up. [ laughter ] >> maybe a little. 6:49. time now for a look at what's coming up later on "cbs this morning." >> that old texter himself charlie rose joins from us new york with the latest on the big
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show. good morning, charlie. >> reporter: hey, good morning, frank and michelle. ahead, hoping to reinvent a classic american car. the ceo of ford will be with us for a big announcement about lincoln's new ride. plus, searching for signs of life on mars. an astrophysicist is here with a reality check on the announcement expected today from nasa. that and more when we see you at 7:00. >> sounds good. charlie, thank you. and as charlie said, remember "cbs this morning" starts at 7:00. >> right now we need to find out about weather and i guess all is dry today. >> guys, i have to admit i have seen people in there doing that. >> in t bathroom. >> yes, i have. but i did not partake in that. i'll let you borrow my fine. [ laughter ] around the bay area, finally catching a break in the stormy weather. this is some good news. can't take much more. it was a fierce storm that moved through the weekend again. right now high-def doppler radar showing you the skies are clear of raindrops. and we are getting that much- needed break right now.
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just a few high clouds drifting overhead. patchy fog in the valleys but look at all the rain we had over the weekend. we had totals from wednesday to sunday to 16" almost in have venado. 4.5 in concord. 16" at mount umunum. you get the idea, rivers and streams can't take much more. mostly cloudy at the coast. areas of fog. mostly sunny and dry by the afternoon. another round of rain is coming our way. it doesn't look to be as strong as the previous storms. the ridge of high pressure sliding in across the bay area. this next storm system still off the coastline. it's going to pay a visit as early as late tomorrow and overnight tomorrow night into wednesday. so enjoy the sunshine and a few clouds while we have them. 60s outside should be dry into the south bay. 60s a little breezy at the coastline. east bay temperatures also up into the 60s this afternoon. and inside the bay, we'll keep you not too bad, dry but 63 in oakland.
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and 64 degrees in san francisco. next couple of days, it looks like a return to rainfall especially tuesday night into wednesday. maybe one to two inches of rain and then we catch a much-needed break again on thursday, friday and saturday. we'll dry out as we head into the weekend. one of our hot spots now at the bay bridge toll plaza. no surprise here. the metering lights are on. you're backed up almost to the maze. busy conditions as you head through there. san mateo bridge looks a lot better. live ak at that now and you can see on the san mateo bridge, things are better. not actually not a delay in sight. only 14 minutes between 880 and 101 right now. we do have an accident along the peninsula. northbound 101 at embarcadero, it's actually a stalled vehicle stuck in lanes. look at the backup. it's slow as you work your way towards the scene. tow trucks arriving on scene to clear it out of the way. in the meantime, very busy. use 280 as an alternate if you want to avoid that mess along 101 near embarcadero. earlier accident we had at 3rd street. that's now been cleared. easy ride north 101 into san
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francisco. no delay. southbound along 280 we are seeing slight delays as you head out of san francisco towards daly city. brake lights lots of them westbound 580 altamont pass to 680, 32 minutes slow and go southbound 680. we have an accident south 680 at treat. not blocking lanes. but again sluggish there, as well. that's traffic. back to you. >> thank you. it's all caught on tape a girl being bitten while feeding a dolphin. >> fortunately the 8-year-old is recovering well. the bite happened 12 days ago at seaworld in orlando and the girl's father caught the incident on camera. looks like it hurt. the bottlenosed dolphin bit after the girl moved the paper plate that held the fish she was feeding. >> think it was going to haul me into the water. it was crazy. i thought it was going to eat my manned off. >> it's a good thing her hand is mostly ahead from the puncture wounds. her parents complained that seaworld didn't explain ahead of time why it's important to keep the plate on that wall. the park says it's taking the
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incident seriously and so we have been asking you all morning who do you think is to blame for the girl being bitten ? we are getting a lot of responses this morning. mornings at cbs 5 dot com. time : a >> comment on facebook or twitter, or email us at mornings@cbs5.com. >> if you have a plate of food near an animal, be careful. it is 6:53. coming up, a final check of your top stories including this mess. what it's going to take to clean up this massive sinkhole when we come back. at bank of america, we're continuing to lend and invest in the people, businesses, and organizations that call the bay area home. whether it's helping a nonprofit provide safe, affordable housing within the city,
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supporting an organization that's helping kids find jobs and stay in school, or financing the expansion of a local company that's creating healthier workplaces, what's important to the people of the bay area is important to us. and we're proud to work with all those
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livermore. it happened just before 4 ts mornin betwee welcome back. 6:57 now. a high-speed chase caused a chp patrol car to flip over in livermore. it happened just before 4:00 this morning on eastbound 580 between greenville and north flynn road. other officers caught up to that car in tracy and pulled it over. two officers in that flipped car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. there's a large sinkhole right now in the east bay. it opened up yesterday afternoon on mountain view drive in lafayette, and it presence health and safety issues because the washout ruptured water and sewage service. and this is a live look right now from the scene in lafayette. you can see the crews out there. they have directed a sewer line temporarily and they will start efforts to repair the road later today. but you can see, that's a big sinkhole there and they have a lot of work to do. white hill middle school,
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canceled today with flooded classes and office. crews are working to clean up the mess. faculty are meeting to discuss whether classes will resume tomorrow. >> just for the storm into perspective, an inch of rain equals about a foot of snow? >> about a foot of snow, yeah. >> so it would have been 190 inches of snow. >> incredible. snow base were really high with the storm system. >> just for fun. >> yeah. that is simply amazing. it was a series of storms here in the bay area one for the books but we are finally catching a break. we have a few clouds otherwise temperatures in the 40s and 50s. this afternoon, still some dry weather and nice break in the stormy conditions. 65 degrees expected high in san jose, 64 in san francisco and san rafael. back to rain late tomorrow. tomorrow night into wednesday more showers although this storm not as strong as the previous. gianna. >> that's good news, lawrence. at least it's dry today and dry on the freeways right now busy north 101 at mckee. you can see traffic stacked up
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as a work your way through san jose. and a quick live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. metering lights are on, backed up to the maze at this point. >> that's it. >> that's it. >> that's all we got. >> we'll take it. >> thank you. thanks for watching "eyewitness news this morning." remember, your next local update is at 7:25. >> "cbs this morning" is coming up next. enjoy your monday. we'll you at noon. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com

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